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John Roberts offered Chief Justice by Dumbya

On cue, the Chimperor does what’s expected of him.

President George W. Bush picked appeals court judge John Roberts on Monday to replace the late William Rehnquist as U.S. chief justice, a senior administration official said.

…Roberts is awaiting Senate confirmation hearings to start on Tuesday to become a justice on the Supreme Court, replacing Sandra Day O’Connor, who is retiring.

The senior official said Bush met with Roberts in the White House residence on Sunday and offered him the position on Monday morning. The official said such a move had been at the back of Bush’s mind, and that he was considered a natural-born leader for the court.

He wants the “highly qualified” Roberts confirmed within a month; this also means the Sandra Day O’Connor will remain on the court until a new person is selected and confirmed that will replace her.

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